Lovett H. Weems Jr.
Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership; Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lovett Weems is a preeminent expert on leadership practice and theory in the United Methodist denomination. He is respected as a pastor, educator, author, and researcher.

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Courses Taught

  • Best Practices in Church Leadership And Administration
  • Beginning Ministry in a New Setting
  • Church Finances


  • Millsaps College, B.A.
  • Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, M.Th.
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, D. Min.
  • Baker University, D.D. (honorary)
  • Central Methodist University, D.D. (honorary)
  • Millsaps College, D.D. (honorary) 



  • High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader (with Tom Berlin), Abingdon Press, 2014
  • Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit (with Tom Berlin), Abingdon Press, 2013
  • Focus: The Real Challenges Facing The United Methodist Church, Abingdon Press, 2012
  • Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results (with Tom Berlin), Abingdon Press, 2011
  • Church Leadership, Revised Edition, Abingdon Press, 2010
  • The Crisis of Younger Clergy (with Ann A. Michel), Abingdon Press, 2008
  • Take the Next Step: Leading Lasting Change in the Church, Abingdon Press, 2003
  • Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit, Abingdon Press, 1999
  • John Wesley's Message Today, Abingdon Press, 1991

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